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Henry IV, Pt. 1: Act 5, Scene 4

Henry IV, Pt. 1
Act 5, Scene 4

Another part of the field.

  1. Alarm. Excursions. Enter the King, the Prince wounded, Lord
  2. John of Lancaster, Earl of Westmorland.

King Henry IV

3 - 5
  1. I prithee,
  2. Harry, withdraw thyself, thou bleedest too much.
  3. Lord John of Lancaster, go you with him.

Prince John of Lancaster

6
  1. Not I, my lord, unless I did bleed too.

Prince Henry

7 - 8
  1. I beseech your Majesty make up,
  2. Lest your retirement do amaze your friends.

King Henry IV

9 - 10
  1. I will do so.
  2. My Lord of Westmorland, lead him to his tent.

Earl of Westmorland

11
  1. Come, my lord, I’ll lead you to your tent.

Prince Henry

12 - 16
  1. Lead me, my lord? I do not need your help,
  2. And God forbid a shallow scratch should drive
  3. The Prince of Wales from such a field as this,
  4. Where stain’d nobility lies trodden on,
  5. And rebels’ arms triumph in massacres!

Prince John of Lancaster

17 - 18
  1. We breathe too long. Come, cousin Westmorland,
  2. Our duty this way lies; for God’s sake come.
  1. Exeunt Prince John and Westmorland.

Prince Henry

20 - 23
  1. By God, thou hast deceiv’d me, Lancaster,
  2. I did not think thee lord of such a spirit.
  3. Before, I lov’d thee as a brother, John,
  4. But now I do respect thee as my soul.

King Henry IV

24 - 26
  1. I saw him hold Lord Percy at the point,
  2. With lustier maintenance than I did look for
  3. Of such an ungrown warrior.

Prince Henry

27 - 28
  1.                             O, this boy
  2. Lends mettle to us all!
  1. Exit.
  1. Enter Douglas.

Earl of Douglas

31 - 34
  1. Another king? They grow like Hydra’s heads.
  2. I am the Douglas, fatal to all those
  3. That wear those colors on them. What art thou
  4. That counterfeit’st the person of a king?

King Henry IV

35 - 40
  1. The King himself, who, Douglas, grieves at heart
  2. So many of his shadows thou hast met
  3. And not the very King. I have two boys
  4. Seek Percy and thyself about the field,
  5. But seeing thou fall’st on me so luckily,
  6. I will assay thee, and defend thyself.

Earl of Douglas

41 - 44
  1. I fear thou art another counterfeit,
  2. And yet in faith thou bearest thee like a king.
  3. But mine I am sure thou art, whoe’er thou be,
  4. And thus I win thee.
  1. They fight; the King being in danger.
  1. Enter Prince of Wales.

Prince Henry

47 - 56
  1. Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like
  2. Never to hold it up again! The spirits
  3. Of valiant Shirley, Stafford, Blunt are in my arms.
  4. It is the Prince of Wales that threatens thee,
  5. Who never promiseth but he means to pay.
  6. They fight.
  7. Douglas flieth.
  8. Cheerly, my lord, how fares your Grace?
  9. Sir Nicholas Gawsey hath for succor sent,
  10. And so hath Clifton. I’ll to Clifton straight.

King Henry IV

57 - 60
  1. Stay and breathe a while.
  2. Thou hast redeem’d thy lost opinion,
  3. And show’d thou mak’st some tender of my life
  4. In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.

Prince Henry

61 - 67
  1. O God, they did me too much injury
  2. That ever said I heark’ned for your death.
  3. If it were so, I might have let alone
  4. The insulting hand of Douglas over you,
  5. Which would have been as speedy in your end
  6. As all the poisonous potions in the world,
  7. And sav’d the treacherous labor of your son.

King Henry IV

68
  1. Make up to Clifton, I’ll to Sir Nicholas Gawsey.
  1. Exit King.
  1. Enter Hotspur.

Hotspur

71
  1. If I mistake not, thou art Harry Monmouth.

Prince Henry

72
  1. Thou speak’st as if I would deny my name.

Hotspur

73
  1. My name is Harry Percy.

Prince Henry

74 - 80
  1.                         Why then I see
  2. A very valiant rebel of the name.
  3. I am the Prince of Wales, and think not, Percy,
  4. To share with me in glory any more.
  5. Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere,
  6. Nor can one England brook a double reign
  7. Of Harry Percy and the Prince of Wales.

Hotspur

81 - 83
  1. Nor shall it, Harry, for the hour is come
  2. To end the one of us, and would to God
  3. Thy name in arms were now as great as mine!

Prince Henry

84 - 86
  1. I’ll make it greater ere I part from thee,
  2. And all the budding honors on thy crest
  3. I’ll crop to make a garland for my head.

Hotspur

87
  1. I can no longer brook thy vanities.
  1. They fight.
  1. Enter Falstaff.

Falstaff

90 - 91
  1. Well said, Hal! To it, Hal! Nay, you shall find no boy’s
  2. play here, I can tell you.
  1. Enter Douglas.
  1. He fighteth with Falstaff. Falstaff falls down as if he were
  2. dead.
  1. Exit Douglas.
  1. The Prince killeth Percy.

Hotspur

97 - 107
  1. O Harry, thou hast robb’d me of my youth!
  2. I better brook the loss of brittle life
  3. Than those proud titles thou hast won of me.
  4. They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my flesh.
  5. But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time’s fool,
  6. And time, that takes survey of all the world,
  7. Must have a stop. O, I could prophesy,
  8. But that the earthy and cold hand of death
  9. Lies on my tongue. No, Percy, thou art dust,
  10. And food for
  11. Dies.

Prince Henry

108 - 132
  1. For worms, brave Percy. Fare thee well, great heart!
  2. Ill-weav’d ambition, how much art thou shrunk!
  3. When that this body did contain a spirit,
  4. A kingdom for it was too small a bound,
  5. But now two paces of the vilest earth
  6. Is room enough. This earth that bears thee dead
  7. Bears not alive so stout a gentleman.
  8. If thou were sensible of courtesy,
  9. I should not make so dear a show of zeal;
  10. But let my favors hide thy mangled face,
  11. And even in thy behalf I’ll thank myself
  12. For doing these fair rites of tenderness.
  13. Adieu, and take thy praise with thee to heaven!
  14. Thy ignominy sleep with thee in the grave,
  15. But not rememb’red in thy epitaph!
  16. He spieth Falstaff on the ground.
  17. What, old acquaintance! Could not all this flesh
  18. Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell!
  19. I could have better spar’d a better man.
  20. O, I should have a heavy miss of thee
  21. If I were much in love with vanity!
  22. Death hath not struck so fat a deer today,
  23. Though many dearer, in this bloody fray.
  24. Embowell’d will I see thee by and by,
  25. Till then in blood by noble Percy lie.
  1. Exit.
  1. Falstaff riseth up.

Falstaff

135 - 151
  1. Embowell’d! If thou embowel me today, I’ll give you leave to
  2. powder me and eat me too tomorrow. ’Sblood, ’twas time to
  3. counterfeit, or that hot termagant Scot had paid me scot and
  4. lot too. Counterfeit? I lie, I am no counterfeit. To die is
  5. to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a man
  6. who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying,
  7. when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the
  8. true and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of
  9. valor is discretion, in the which better part I have sav’d
  10. my life. ’Zounds, I am afraid of this gunpowder Percy though
  11. he be dead. How if he should counterfeit too and rise? By my
  12. faith, I am afraid he would prove the better counterfeit.
  13. Therefore I’ll make him sure, yea, and I’ll swear I kill’d
  14. him. Why may not he rise as well as I? Nothing confutes me
  15. but eyes, and nobody sees me. Therefore, sirrah,
  16. Stabbing him
  17. with a new wound in your thigh, come you along with me.
  1. He takes up Hotspur on his back.
  1. Enter Prince and John of Lancaster.

Prince Henry

154 - 155
  1. Come, brother John, full bravely hast thou flesh’d
  2. Thy maiden sword.

Prince John of Lancaster

156 - 157
  1.                   But soft, whom have we here?
  2. Did you not tell me this fat man was dead?

Prince Henry

158 - 162
  1. I did, I saw him dead,
  2. Breathless and bleeding on the ground. Art thou alive?
  3. Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight?
  4. I prithee speak, we will not trust our eyes
  5. Without our ears: thou art not what thou seem’st.

Falstaff

163 - 168
  1. No, that’s certain, I am not a double man; but if I be not
  2. Jack Falstaff, then am I a Jack. There is Percy.
  3. Throwing the body down.
  4. If your father will do me any honor, so; if not, let him
  5. kill the next Percy himself. I look to be either earl or
  6. duke, I can assure you.

Prince Henry

169
  1. Why, Percy I kill’d myself, and saw thee dead.

Falstaff

170 - 177
  1. Didst thou? Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying! I
  2. grant you I was down and out of breath, and so was he, but
  3. we rose both at an instant and fought a long hour by
  4. Shrewsbury clock. If I may be believ’d, so; if not, let them
  5. that should reward valor bear the sin upon their own heads.
  6. I’ll take it upon my death, I gave him this wound in the
  7. thigh. If the man were alive and would deny it, ’zounds, I
  8. would make him eat a piece of my sword.

Prince John of Lancaster

178
  1. His is the strangest tale that ever I heard.

Prince Henry

179 - 186
  1. This is the strangest fellow, brother John.
  2. Come bring your luggage nobly on your back.
  3. For my part, if a lie may do thee grace,
  4. I’ll gild it with the happiest terms I have.
  5. A retreat is sounded.
  6. The trumpet sounds retreat, the day is our.
  7. Come, brother, let us to the highest of the field,
  8. To see what friends are living, who are dead.
  1. Exeunt Prince and Lancaster.

Falstaff

188 - 191
  1. I’ll follow, as they say, for reward. He that rewards me,
  2. God reward him! If I do grow great, I’ll grow less, for I’ll
  3. purge and leave sack, and live cleanly as a nobleman should
  4. do.
  1. Exit.
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